Today’s announcement follows previous decisions made by other conferences and schools, including Bowdoin College which was the first member of the NESCAC to cancel its fall sports season, while also delaying the start of its winter sports season until next January.
Amherst College and Williams College also announced recently that none of their respective fall sports programs would be competing this year, including the both football teams that have been competing in the ‘Biggest Little Game’ since 1884.
The NESCAC cited “the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and the broader community the foremost concern” with making the decision to cancel the fall sports season for its 11 members, along with its seven championships they sponsor.
Middlebury College, which captured last year’s NESCAC Field Hockey championship, defeated Franklin & Marshall in the national title game while Tufts University captured the NCAA D-III men’s championship with a 2-0 win over Amherst College.
Middlebury and Tufts have yet to cancel or suspend their respective fall sports programs as of this afternoon.
According to D3Playbook.com, the NESCAC is not the first D-III conference to either cancel or suspend fall sports. The Centennial Conference (CC) announced earlir this week that none of their schools would play fall sports, including football, while a few conferences hope to play only league games this fall.
Sticking with the college football theme, as well as fall sports, we learned yesterday that the Big Ten Conference (B1G) will play a conference only schedule, pending it is safe to play games in a few months.Conference only schedules will allow every member of the conference to be able to pivot (if needed).
The Training Room in Somerville, Massachusetts has been able to offer its clients classes virtually
By Matt Noonan
Since mid-March, our workout routines have looked a lot different.
We’re no longer rushing to our local gym or fitness center to watch the news on the treadmill or lift weights. Instead, we have shifted our daily (or weekly) exercise routines to our homes where workouts are being conducted in kitchens, living rooms, basements, home offices, and bedrooms.
We have also taken part in virtual exercise classes through Zoom, which is something The Training Room in Somerville, Massachusetts has enjoyed offering its clients. The Training Room currently offers various exercise classes from circuit training to online cycling with classes being held in the morning, midday, and evening, as well as on weekends.
And while the state of Massachusetts did permit fitness centers and gymnasiums to reopen this week – currently, gyms are closed in Boston and Somerville until next Monday, July 13 – The Training Room has decided to continue its remote offerings, which will be something they will continue to do once it is safe to resume in-person activities.
“When the doors (to our two gymnasiums) open, we are planning to offer both (an in-person and online experience),” said Tyler Cote, who is the general manager of The Training Room. “I am really excited about this option.
“I think having both of these options is important and that is our plan going forward. We also want to do what our clients want and continue to provide them with the best service possible.”
Cote said the online services both he and his colleagues have provided these past few months have certainly been enjoyable, but also a great way for coaches and clients to remain connected.
We recently spoke with Cote to learn more about the gym’s virtual classes, as well as how he has been able to provide instruction remotely.
How have the online classes gone from your perspective?
We were a bit unsure of how everything would work, especially coaching through a computer, but the staff has taken right to it. You figure out what angles you need to see when you’re coaching to sometimes moving your computer so our clients can see your feet through for exercise or your hips, so we have learned how to provide instruction remotely these past few months.
I really think now that we have it down really, really well.
What is a virtual circuit training class? Is it any different than your in-person classes?
Normally we would run eight to ten stations in-person and we would go through them four times. But for our online classes, you can go from one exercise to another much quicker, so the pace of these classes is a little faster. And the format is the following: five exercises – we do them twice and then take a break. We then do the same five exercises again followed by another break. And then we introduce five new exercises at the end of the session.
I think people are really enjoying this format. I also think people are looking at circuit training online as much more of an aerobic challenge than it has been in the past.
Obviously, there are some things that equipment might limit, but we have done a really good job with putting together classes where if you have the equipment you can totally use it, but if you don’t there are options for you to use just your bodyweight. We also have been mindful of those that can’t jump in place because they live in apartments so we do provide alternative exercises for those that cannot run in place.
How are you able to watch everyone’s exercises and forms through a computer?
I was adamant from the start of making sure I would see everyone doing the same exercise at the same time. I consider myself lucky that I knew our clients really well and that I can speak to them directly throughout the session. So, all in all, it has been an adjustment, but it has worked out extremely well.
Lastly, tell me about the online kettlebell classes. How have they gone from your perspective?
We rented out a majority of our equipment to our clients – we have two facilities (herein Somerville) with a lot of equipment. We also had some clients buy their own kettlebells, but a lot of my clients have been doing (kettlebell training previously) and have set up home gyms at their place with two bells. One is a lighter bell which they can use for presses and rowing, and then a heavier bell for different types of swing variations.
Wednesday’s announcement from the Ivy League could have an impact on other NCAA conferences, including the Power Five.Will every conference play games this fall? That question will be answered over the next few days and weeks, but I do expect more cancelations.
The New England Revolution will play their first match in four months this evening against the Montreal Impact. The game will be held in Orlando, Florida, and will feature a new player on the Revs: Matt Polster.